Thailand has become the first country to get the mid-life update of Nissan's entry-level saloon, the Almera. Christened Sunny for Indian market, Nissan will unveil the latest modelof the C-segment car at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, next month. Nissan says that the model was developed under Thailand's eco-car program and meets all the requirements necessary to receive the ’eco-car’ designation.
The Sunny sedan was launched in India in 2011 and has been one of Nissan’s successful models in India. Though the current isn’t much of a looker, the car has been acclaimed for its spacious cabin and highly efficient engine. The new car carries over the abundant space and nowfeatures a few cosmetic changes based on Nissan’s new styling language. The front fascia gets new bumpers, restyled headlamps and a V- shaped grille with considerable addition of chrome. The rear bootlid has been reworked and now has a small spoiler with a stoplight. Inside, the Sunny gets an upgraded dashboard integrating a new infotainment system with a touch screen colour display like the Terrano.
Built on the V-platform, the car was designed to deliver excellent fuel efficiency through its light weight and increased body rigidity. We expect the car to continue the use of current engines with the addition of the 1.5-litre DCi diesel engine which produces 108bhp and 248Nm of torque.There is a high possibility of the Sunny getting the recently launched CVT gearbox along with other transmission options. Set to go on sale soon after the unveiling at the Auto Expo, Nissan might also do something along the lines of what it did with the Micra Active. While the new Sunny will be sold at the same price as the current model, the current generation Sunny might be renamed as Sunny Active and sold in the lower segment.